Secret Talks between Egyptian National Security Adviser Hafez Ismail and US National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger

After the October 1973 War, Egyptian President Sadat welcomes Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s engagement in fashioning a separation of forces agreements with Israel. Kissinger embraces Sadat while assuring the Israelis that the US would act as an honest broker in unfolding negotiations. Some scholars have written that the 1973 War was not necessary if only Israel had accepted overtures for non-belligerency made by Sadat in 1972 and 1973. Understandings of Sadat’s pre-1973 War motivations are partially found in the transcripts of these secret meetings held between his envoy, Hafez Ismail and Kissinger in February and April 1973. (source)